Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What To Do For Ringing In The Ears - Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

By Matt Hellstrom

Tinnitus retraining therapy is a therapy that has proven to be very effective in helping people deal with tinnitus. If you have it, you are going to have to accept that in most cases, there is no cure and you will suffer from the symptoms for the rest of your life, so you are going to have to learn how to control them.

Tinnitus is a condition whereby you hear a constant ringing, buzzing or some other type of noise that is only heard by you. This condition is often brought about by stress, trauma or exposure to loud noises on a steady basis. In actuality, this is a condition that you can prevent, but once you have it, you will need to use a method such as tinnitus retraining therapy to get it under control.

Since the condition cannot be cured in most cases, it must be managed. How you manage the problem is through the tinnitus retraining therapy where you learn to re-associate the noise with the negative connotation that it currently carries for you and make it almost non-existent in your life.

With this approach, it is apparent that you do not have to eliminate the condition to alleviate the pain or discomfort that the patient is experiencing. If you want to relate this to something to understand it a little better, picture the person that lives on the same block as the elevated train goes down. When they first move there, they are probably up all night as the train will keep them awake. Over time, they get used to the noise and it just becomes a part of their everyday life and they are able to simply ignore it and act as though it does not exist.

Take note that this is not an uncommon condition, just under 20% of the population is either experiencing this condition now or has experienced at some time in their life. While it does not affect everyone the same way, it is quite a problem for about 25% of the people that have it. This therapy can allow them to live their lives without the issue of having to deal with these buzzing our ringing sounds each and every day.

What people actually need to realize is that this is a condition that is probably 100% preventable in a lot of cases. Make the decision, have ringing in your ears for the rest of your life or turn down the volume a normal human being would listen to.

You can lower the volume, you can wear ear plugs and you can control or even eliminate the stress in your life if you put a concentrated effort forward to do so. Tinnitus retraining therapy can assist you in tuning out the annoying sounds in the environment, but it's up to you to make sensible choices when it comes to your own noise pollution.

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